2016 Jefferson Awards

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Some of the most caring, giving, and concerned individuals in this country live right here in Central Ohio. They are your friends, neighbors and co-workers who go that extra mile to make their community a better place to live, work and raise a family.

These super volunteers run food drives, visit hospitalized veterans, build inter-faith relationships. They perform vital community service -- and they do it all without any desire for reward or recognition.

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The 2016 Jefferson Awards are presented by WBNS-10TV, Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Services, and Lifeline of Ohio to recognize individuals who do extraordinary things in their community without expecting anything in return.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Senator Robert Taft, Jr., of Ohio created the national Jefferson Awards in 1972 to highlight the works of unsung heroes. Television stations and newspapers across the country tell the positive stories about these volunteers and motivate individual responsibility for civic and neighborhood improvement.

Our local Jefferson Award finalists and winners serve Central Ohio in a variety of ways. She has established a library of toys adapted for use by children with special needs. He has turned Halloween’s Beggars Night into a food drive for a local pantry. She has brought training in classical music to inner-city and minority children. They are in their 70’s and ship care packages to US troops overseas. And they are elementary school students who raise money to fight pediatric cancer.

All ages, all ethnicities, all walks of life, all with the same goal … to improve life in their community.

2016 Winners

Edward Drake

Founded YNOTT? to support and empower pediatric transplant patients.

Al Edmondson

Spearheads efforts to improve health, education and business on the Near East side.

Janis Entingh

Created a safe environment for women in transition.

Beth Gibson

Created Buddy Up Tennis for individuals with Down Syndrome.

Meagan Warren

Collects and distributes books for children at local schools and homeless shelters.

Previous Winners

Jefferson Awards: Previous Winners

For more than a decade, remarkable individuals in central Ohio have been recognized with a Jefferson Award. 10TV and The Columbus Dispatch are proud to choose five local winners each year.

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